Throughout the 2015 season on the BN Blitz blog, we'll track how the players from both Western New York and the University at Buffalo perform in the NFL. Here are their results in Week One:
Corey Graham: The Buffalo native got the start at safety for the Bills, but suffered a possible concussion on the first play of the game against the Indianapolis Colts. Graham was hurt when Colts running back Frank Gore's left knee slammed into his helmet. Graham is in the NFL's concussion protocol. His condition will be updated later this week.
James Starks: The Green Bay Packers running back, a Niagara Falls High School and University at Buffalo product, carried the ball two times for 2 yards in a 31-23 victory over Chicago. Starks played 13 offensive snaps (22 percent) and another six (23 percent) on special teams.
J.C. Tretter: The Akron product, a fourth-round draft pick of the Packers in 2013, played one offensive snap against the Bears and also took 11 snaps on special teams (42 percent).
Rob Gronkowski: The Amherst native showed no rust after taking the preseason off, as the New England Patriots' star tight end caught five passes for 94 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-21 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gronkowski took 60 of New England's 61 snaps (98 percent) in the win.
Brett Kern: The Grand Island native punted four times for 189 yards for the Tennessee Titans in a 42-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with a gross average of 47.3 yards and a net average of 43.0 yards. Kern's long punt was 57 yards, and he placed one inside the 20-yard line. Two of his punts were returned for a total of 17 yards.
John Urschel: The Baltimore Ravens' second-year pro and Canisius High School product took nine snaps on special teams (31 percent) in a 19-13 loss to the Denver Broncos. Urschel did not appear on offense.
Jacob Schum: The Hamburg native and University at Buffalo graduate is in his first season as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' punter. Schum punted four times against the Titans for 188 yards, an average of 47.0 gross yards and 43.5 net yards. He had a long punt of 56 yards. The Titans returned two punts for a total of 14 yards.
Khalil Mack: The No. 5 overall pick in the 2014 draft by the Raiders, Mack made four tackles for Oakland in a 33-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. He started at defensive end and played 58 defensive snaps (85 percent), along with six (21 percent) on special teams.
Branden Oliver: The Chargers' running back carried the ball two times for 2 yards, and also had one reception for 17 yards in a 33-28 victory over the Detroit Lions. Oliver played five offensive snaps (6 percent) and also took nine special-teams snaps (30 percent).
Kristjan Sokoli: A college defensive tackle for the Bulls, Sokoli successfully made the switch to interior offensive line with the Seattle Seahawks this summer after being a sixth-round draft pick. He was inactive during Seattle's 34-31 loss to St. Louis.